If you’re headed to Chicago this Summer and looking for a wonderful place to see the skyline while watching one of your favorite films, the Rooftop Cinema Club is where you need to be. Beginning in May, the London-based movie experience company is setting up shop in Chicago on the fifth-floor terrace of The Emily Hotel, 311 N. Market Street. 

The Rooftop Cinema Club is unlike any outdoor movie experience you ever had. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to partake in the various games and activities throughout the venue elaborately decorated in tropical decor. 

They also can choose from a variety of adjustable lounge chairs and love seats to recline in as watch the movie from high-quality LED screens. Everyone even receives their own wireless headphones to enjoy the film audio as intended instead of from far away.  


Throughout the Summer, the Rooftop Cinema Club will play a plethora of movies ranging from cult classics to new releases. They also will have specially-themed nights dedicated to cultural events with But I’m a Cheerleader playing during PRIDE Month and Grease on Independence Day. In addition to themed events, the theater will also host sing-along and open caption screenings as well as interactive events to take visitors’ cinematic experience to the next level. 

“We’re more than just a movie—we’re a whole night out,” founder Gerry Cottle told TimeOut. “Arrive early, get food, get drinks, play games and prepare to settle down to watch a movie at sunset.” 

While enjoying the many activities and during the film presentation, Rooftop Cinema Club guests can order a variety of snacks, boozy slushies, and curated cocktails. The film schedule will begin with a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off followed by a few Chicago-based movies like The Breakfast Club and The Blues Brothers. More movies will be announced throughout the Summer. 

The Rooftop Cinema Club was founded in 2011 and has locations in Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and London. The new location in Fulton Market is the global brand’s first endeavor in the Midwest. 

The theater will open on Thursday, May 26 and tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices range from $20-$30.